AIDs and zoo-transplantation
edited September 2015 in Everything else
I have just joined this site and in terms of knowledge on the subject of biohacking my horn is emerald, so i have a question. From my understanding the AIDs virus inhibits immune system activity to the point of a near standstill. My idea is that if an individual was infected with the AIDs virus that one would have very little chance of rejecting implanted tissue, if one were to exploit this facet of the disease could one theoretically put animal organs such as claws,horns,skin, or teeth without much risk of rejection from the body. What are the flaws in this theory and does it have any potential whatsoever?
In terms of tissues, cells have these markers on their surface called mhc1. They are like name badges. So new tissue means a different name. A big part of this involved cells like t lymphocyte which need to read the badge. Hiv affects t cell counts which is why this seems feasible. There are other cells though like natural killer cells though that can kill without mediation by mhc complexes. Rejection of say a foreign noncellular substance involves nk cells, mast cells, as well as inflammatory responses due to local factors.
Another thing to remember here is aids vs. Hiv. There is a spectrum of immunosupression involved. If you are suppressed to the point that you can get a xenotransplant without immune response, you will die from an infection and wouldn't be a candidate for a procedure.